International Buyer Program Looks to be a Success for 2007 AWFS®Fair

The Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS) says that the Department of Commerce's (DOC) successful International Buyer Program (IBP), being conducted for the first time at the 2007 AWFS®Fair, is garnering a great deal of interest from potential global customers looking for high-quality American products. This dynamic program offers expanded services and logistical support to international attendees and connects domestic manufacturers with new international buyers.

"Participation in this program, along with certification by Eumabois and expansion of our exhibiting efforts at other international shows, continues to build international interest and momentum for AWFS®Vegas," says Angelo Gangone, AWFS® vice president. "AWFS is dedicated to encouraging international trade and exporting American education and is proud to have earned its place in the rankings of international industry shows."

The AWFS®Vegas international export directory, developed as a resource for global buyers, includes more than 100 exhibiting companies expressly interested in export opportunities. The association is working closely with DOC offices throughout the world in helping to bring more international buyers to the 2007 show. Multilingual brochures as well as fact sheets regarding the show are available at these locations. The DOC is working to organize official delegations from Canada, Guyana, India, Ireland, Mexico, Paraguay, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, Ukraine and Uruguay as well as a number of other countries.

International attendance increased 134 percent in 2005 and pre-registration indicates a similar triple digit increase in 2007. Overall pre-registration and exhibit space sales are tracking nearly 20-percent ahead of the 2005 fair which boasted a 20-percent increase over the previous show.

Special services for visitors formally participating in the International Buyer Program include complimentary AWFS®Fair registration, a 10-percent discount on all College of Woodworking Knowledge® educational sessions, an invitation to the international buyer reception, an exhibit hall tour previewing the show and the opportunity to meet with U.S. companies and potential trade partners via the Department of Commerce's Matchmaking Program. AWFS staff, as well as representatives from the DOC will be available in the International Business Center to assist attendees.

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